2005 Illinois Code - 805 ILCS 105/      General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986. Article 7 - Members


      (805 ILCS 105/Art. 7 heading)
ARTICLE 7. MEMBERS

    (805 ILCS 105/107.03) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.03)
    Sec. 107.03. Members.
    (a) A corporation may have one or more classes of members or may have no members.
    (b) If the corporation has one or more classes of members, the designation of the class or classes and the qualifications and rights of the members of each class shall be set forth in the articles of incorporation or the bylaws. The articles of incorporation or the bylaws may provide for representatives or delegates of members and may establish their qualifications and rights.
    (c) If the corporation is to have no members, that fact shall be set forth in the articles of incorporation or the bylaws.
    (d) A corporation may issue certificate evidencing membership therein.
    (e) The transfer of a certificate of membership in a not‑for‑profit corporation in which assets are held for a charitable, religious, eleemosynary, benevolent or educational purpose, shall be without payment of any consideration of money or property of any kind or value to the transferor in respect to such transfer. Any transfer in violation of this Section shall be void.
    (f) Where the articles of incorporation or bylaws provide that a corporation shall have no members, or where a corporation has under its articles of incorporation, bylaws or in fact no members entitled to vote on a matter, any provision of this Act requiring notice to, the presence of, or the vote, consent or other action by members of the corporation in connection with such matter shall be satisfied by notice to, the presence of, or the vote, consent or other action of the directors of the corporation.
    (g) A residential cooperative not‑for‑profit corporation containing 50 or more single family units with individual unit legal descriptions based upon a recorded plat of a subdivision and located in a county with a population between 780,000 and 3,000,000 shall specifically set forth the qualifications and rights of its members in the Articles of Incorporation and the bylaws.
(Source: P.A. 91‑465, eff. 8‑6‑99.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.05) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.05)
    Sec. 107.05. Meeting of members.
    (a) Meetings of members may be held either within or without this State, as may be provided in the bylaws or in a resolution of the board of directors pursuant to authority granted in the bylaws. In the absence of any such provision, all meetings shall be held at the registered office of the corporation in this State.
    (b) An annual meeting of the members entitled to vote may be held at such time as may be provided in the bylaws or in a resolution of the board of directors pursuant to authority granted in the bylaws. Failure to hold the annual meeting at the designated time shall not work a forfeiture or dissolution of the corporation nor affect the validity of corporate action. If an annual meeting has not been held within the earlier of six months after the end of the corporation's fiscal year or fifteen months after its last annual meeting and if, after a request in writing directed to the president of the corporation, a notice of meeting is not delivered to members entitled to vote within 60 days of such request, then any member entitled to vote at an annual meeting may apply to the circuit court of the county in which the registered office or principal place of business of the corporation is located for an order directing that the meeting be held and fixing the time and place of the meeting. The court may issue such additional orders as may be necessary or appropriate for the holding of the meeting.
    (c) Special meetings of the members may be called by the president or by the board of directors. Special meetings of the members may also be called by such other officers or persons or number or proportion of members entitled to vote as may be provided in the articles of incorporation or the bylaws. In the absence of a provision fixing the number or proportion of members entitled to vote who are entitled to call a meeting, a special meeting of members entitled to vote may be called by such members having one‑twentieth of the votes entitled to be cast at such meeting.
    (d) Unless specifically prohibited by the articles of incorporation or bylaws, a corporation may allow members entitled to vote to participate in and act at any meeting through the use of a conference telephone or interactive technology, including but not limited to electronic transmission, Internet usage, or remote communication, by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can communicate with each other. Participation in such meeting shall constitute attendance and presence in person at the meeting of the person or persons so participating.
    (e) For meetings of a not‑for‑profit corporation organized for the purpose of residential cooperative housing, consisting of 50 or more single family dwellings with individual unit legal descriptions based upon a recorded plat of a subdivision, and located in a county containing a population between 780,000 and 3,000,000 inhabitants, any member may record by tape, film, or other means the proceedings at the meetings. The board or the membership may prescribe reasonable rules and regulations to govern the making of the recordings. The portion of any meeting held to discuss violations of rules and regulations of the corporation by a residential shareholder shall be recorded only with the affirmative assent of that shareholder.
(Source: P.A. 91‑465, eff. 8‑6‑99; 92‑771, eff. 8‑6‑02.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.10) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.10)
    Sec. 107.10. Informal action by members entitled to vote. (a) Unless otherwise provided in the articles of incorporation or the bylaws, any action required by this Act to be taken at any annual or special meeting of the members entitled to vote, or any other action which may be taken at a meeting of the members entitled to vote, may be taken without a meeting and without a vote, if a consent in writing, setting forth the action so taken, shall be signed either: (i) by all of the members entitled to vote with respect to the subject matter thereof, or (ii) by the members having not less than the minimum number of votes that would be necessary to authorize or take such action at a meeting at which all members entitled to vote thereon were present and voting.
    (b) If such consent is signed by less than all of the members entitled to vote, then such consent shall become effective only: (1) if, at least 5 days prior to the effective date of such consent, a notice in writing of the proposed action is delivered to all of the members entitled to vote with respect to the subject matter thereof, and (2) if, after the effective date of such consent, prompt notice in writing of the taking of the corporate action without a meeting is delivered to those members entitled to vote who have not consented in writing.
    (c) In the event that the action which is consented to is such as would have required the filing of a certificate under any other Section of this Act if such action had been voted on by the members at a meeting thereof, the certificate filed under such other Section shall state, in lieu of any statement required by such Section concerning any vote of members, that written consent has been given in accordance with the provisions of this Section and that written notice has been delivered as provided in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1423.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.15) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.15)
    Sec. 107.15. Notice of members' meetings. Written notice stating the place, day, and hour of the meeting and, in the case of a special meeting, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, shall be delivered not less than 5 nor more than 60 days before the date of the meeting, or in the case of a removal of one or more directors, a merger, consolidation, dissolution or sale, lease or exchange of assets not less than 20 nor more than 60 days before the date of the meeting, by or at the direction of the president, or the secretary, or the officer or persons calling the meeting, to each member of record entitled to vote at such meeting. A residential cooperative not‑for‑profit corporation containing 50 or more single family units with individual unit legal descriptions based upon a recorded plat of a subdivision and located in a county with a population between 780,000 and 3,000,000 shall, in addition to the other requirements of this Section, post notice of member's meetings in conspicuous places in the residential cooperative at least 48 hours prior to the meeting of the members.
(Source: P.A. 91‑465, eff. 8‑6‑99.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.20) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.20)
    Sec. 107.20. Waiver of notice. Whenever any notice whatever is required to be given under the provisions of this Act or under the provisions of the articles of incorporation or bylaws of any corporation, a waiver thereof in writing signed by the person or persons entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice. Attendance at any meeting shall constitute waiver of notice thereof unless the person at the meeting objects to the holding of the meeting because proper notice was not given.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1423.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.25) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.25)
    Sec. 107.25. Fixing record date for voting. For the purpose of determining members entitled to notice of or to vote at any meeting of members, or in order to make a determination of members for any other proper purpose, the board of directors of a corporation may fix in advance a date as the record date for any such determination of members, such date in any case to be not more than 60 days and, for a meeting of members, not less than 5 days, or in the case of a merger, consolidation, dissolution or sale, lease or exchange of assets, not less than 20 days, immediately preceding such meeting. If no record date is fixed for the determination of members entitled to notice of or to vote at a meeting of members, the date on which notice of the meeting is delivered shall be the record date for such determination of members. When a determination of members entitled to vote at any meeting of members has been made as provided in this Section, such determination shall apply to any adjournment thereof. In lieu of the board of directors from time to time establishing record dates, the bylaws of the corporation may establish a mechanism for determining record dates in all or specified instances.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1423.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.35) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.35)
    Sec. 107.35. Inspectors. At any meeting of members, the chairman of the meeting may, or upon the request of any members shall, appoint one or more persons as inspectors for such meeting, unless an inspector or inspectors shall have been previously appointed for such meeting in the manner provided by the bylaws of the corporation.
    Such inspectors shall ascertain and report the number of votes represented at the meeting, based upon their determination of the validity and effect of proxies; count all votes and report the results; and do such other acts as are proper to conduct the election and voting with impartiality and fairness to all the members.
    Each report of an inspector shall be in writing and signed by him or her or by a majority of them if there be more than one inspector acting at such meeting. If there is more than one inspector, the report of a majority shall be the report of the inspectors. The report of the inspector or inspectors on the number of votes represented at the meeting and the results of the voting shall be prima facie evidence thereof.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1423.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.40) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.40)
    Sec. 107.40. Voting. (a) The right of the members, or any class or classes of members, to vote may be limited, enlarged or denied to the extent specified in the articles of incorporation or the bylaws. Unless so limited, enlarged or denied, each member, regardless of class, shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of members.
    (b) The articles of incorporation or the bylaws may provide that in all elections for directors every member entitled to vote shall have the right to cumulate his or her vote and to give one candidate a number of votes equal to his or her vote multiplied by the number of directors to be elected, or to distribute such votes on the same principle among as many candidates as he or she shall think fit.
    (c) If a corporation has no members or its members have no right to vote, the directors shall have the sole voting power.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1423.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.50) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.50)
    Sec. 107.50. Proxies. A member entitled to vote may vote in person or, unless the articles of incorporation or the bylaws otherwise provide, by proxy executed in writing by the member or by that member's duly authorized attorney‑in‑fact. No proxy shall be valid after 11 months from the date of its execution, unless otherwise provided in the proxy. Where directors or officers are to be elected by members, the bylaws may provide that such elections may be conducted by mail.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1423.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.60) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.60)
    Sec. 107.60. Quorum of members entitled to vote. Unless otherwise provided by the articles of incorporation or the bylaws, members holding one‑tenth of the votes entitled to be cast on a matter, represented in person or by proxy, shall constitute a quorum for consideration of such matter at a meeting of members. If a quorum is present, the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes present and voted, either in person or by proxy, shall be the act of the members, unless the vote of a greater number or voting by classes is required by this Act, the articles of incorporation or the bylaws. The articles of incorporation or bylaws may require any number or percent greater or smaller than one‑tenth up to and including a requirement of unanimity to constitute a quorum.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1423.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.70) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.70)
    Sec. 107.70. Voting agreements. (a) Members entitled to vote may provide for the casting of their votes by signing an agreement for that purpose.
    (b) A voting agreement created under this Section is specifically enforceable in accordance with the principles of equity.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1423.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.75) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.75)
    Sec. 107.75. Books and records.
    (a) Each corporation shall keep correct and complete books and records of account and shall also keep minutes of the proceedings of its members, board of directors and committees having any of the authority of the board of directors; and shall keep at its registered office or principal office a record giving the names and addresses of its members entitled to vote. All books and records of a corporation may be inspected by any member entitled to vote, or that member's agent or attorney, for any proper purpose at any reasonable time.
    (b) A residential cooperative not‑for‑profit corporation containing 50 or more single family units with individual unit legal descriptions based upon a recorded plat of a subdivision and located in a county with a population between 780,000 and 3,000,000 shall keep an accurate and complete account of all transfers of membership and shall, on a quarterly basis, record all transfers of membership with the county clerk of the county in which the residential cooperative is located. Additionally, a list of all transfers of membership shall be available for inspection by any member of the corporation.
(Source: P.A. 91‑465, eff. 8‑6‑99.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.80) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.80)
    Sec. 107.80. Derivative suits by voting members. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to affect any pre‑existing common law right of a voting member to bring an action in this State in the right of such corporation, nor shall this Act be construed to create any such right that did not exist prior to the effective date of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84‑1423.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.85) (from Ch. 32, par. 107.85)
    Sec. 107.85. Nonliability of members. The members of a corporation shall not be personally liable for any debt or obligation of the corporation.
(Source: P.A. 87‑854.)

    (805 ILCS 105/107.90)
    Sec. 107.90. Not‑for‑profit residential cooperative.
    (a) As used in this Section:
        "Member" includes the plural "members", where a
    
membership is jointly held.
        "Membership agreement" means the contract and other
    
documents that define the rights of the member to occupy, use, or possess a portion or all of a parcel of real estate exclusively.
        "Class of membership" means a grouping of members
    
based on the same privileges, rights, and manner of treatment by the corporation.
    (b) The provisions of this Section apply only to a not‑for‑profit corporation organized for the purpose of residential cooperative housing consisting of 50 or more single family dwellings with individual unit legal descriptions based upon a recorded plat of a subdivision, located in a county containing a population between 780,000 and 3,000,000 inhabitants, and for which the title to one or more member's parcels is held by the corporation.
    (c) If (i) title for real property occupied or controlled by a member under a membership agreement is held by or is transferred to that member; (ii) more than one class of membership exists; or (iii) the corporation fails to obtain recognition or loses recognition as a Cooperative Housing Corporation under Section 216 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, then:
        (1) The board of directors shall issue notice to the
    
members within 10 days after obtaining knowledge of (i), (ii), or (iii), or within 10 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly, if the board obtained such knowledge before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly.
        (2) At the member's option, any member may receive a
    
warranty deed for full title to the real property that he or she occupies issued by the not‑for‑profit corporation, upon presentation of a notarized and written request to the corporation, provided that the corporation holds the title.
        (3) The member may withdraw from the corporation, at
    
the member's option. The member shall retain his or her interest in any common property held by the corporation or may transfer his or her interest to the corporation for fair value, at the member's option.
(Source: P.A. 91‑465, eff. 8‑6‑99.)

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